2 Year Old Preschool for the Hillside, IL area.Monday and Friday Mornings
9:00 - 11:00
2 years old by September 1st
Our Just for Me Two program is a 2-day a week program for children age 2 (by September 1st.) Typically, it is hard for our littlest learners to understand why a parent or caregiver can come to class on some days but not others, and it can disrupt the progress of indepence in the classroom. For these reasons, we do not have parents in the classroom at this age (unlike our 3's and 4's classrooms). However, we absolutely offer the opportunity to stay in the classroom in the beginning of the school year if that is what is best for the child to transition to school!
Our Just for Me Two program is designed to support an early learner through the use of predictable routines and age appropriate materials. This class has a high focus on the social and emotional development of the child. Focus for this class is in the area of socialization, exploration and independence!
Our Just for Me Two program exceeds the DCFS (Department of Children and Family Services) adult to child ratio of 1:8 by providing three certified Early Childhood teachers in the classroom each day for a maximum of 16 children.
For snack, parents are requested to provide a fruit and a drink for all students on a rotating basis, while HCP provides the dry goods. Parents are invited to help their child make a smooth start to each day. They may guide their child through steps to hang their belongings, wash hands, and select learning materials. Many parents establish a routine to help make the transition smooth and predictable for their child (for example, choose and read a story together or participate in an art project before parting).
All classroom cabinets, tables, and seating are child sized and labeled/designed to encourage independence. The teachers plan an interactive curriculum and prepare the classroom to support natural curiosity, exploration and investigation. In this environment, children are able to freely move about and self-select materials that capture their interest. For instance, art activities are open-ended and process based in which children explore a variety of materials such as paint, brushes, glue, and play dough. They will create their own artistic expression rather than replicating a teacher model. The teachers facilitate interactions among peers and meet each child's needs with regard to their individual learning stage. Parents receive teacher's lesson plans and reflection of the class on a weekly basis via e-mail. The classroom is organized to incorporate all developmental domains of learning. Fine motor, language development, cognition (pre-reading and pre-math), self-help and social-emotional skills are practiced in each area of the room. Children may choose from some of the following play-based learning centers:
- Sensory Table ( water, pasta and other sensory materials),
- Block area, Dramatic Play, Literacy Corner,
- Science Table, Manipulative/Puzzle Area,
- Process-based Art Center, and a
- Fine Motor/Writing Table- free art and writing
Peek at a typical day:
- Free Choice time - Play Based Learning Centers, Art Activities, Teacher Directed Activities
- Circle time - Songs, Finger Plays, Rhyme Time
- Large Motor Play - Outdoors
- Movement and Music
- Story, Finger play, Songs
If you are interested in attending our Just for Me Two program, would like to visit a class, or would like additional information, please feel free to contact the director at [email protected] or the registrar at [email protected] or call the school at 630-325-7484.
2 Year Old Preschool for the Hillside, IL area.
May EventsMonday, May 1
Tuition for 2023-2024 School Year Due
Thursday, May 4, 7pm
Mandatory Parent Meeting & Advisory Board Meeting 2023-2024 Board Voted In
Mon-Friday, May 1-5
Teacher Appreciation Week/Teacher Appreciation Breakfast
Saturday, May 20
End of Year Picnic & Event – HCP Garden Rain Date: Sunday, May 21
Monday-Friday, May 15-19
Last Week of Enrichment Classes
Monday, May 22
JFM2 – Last Day of School
Thursday, May 25
Junior/Senior Classes – Last Day of School
Thursday, May 26 8:30am - Noon
Staff Clean-up Day
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